Wyman a runner-up in Mid-Ohio on KLR Group Harley-Davidson
NEWS July 15, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Geiger Media, on behalf of KLR Group:
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 15, 2012) - KLR Group Harley-Davidson rider Kyle Wyman had his AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series winning streak snapped Sunday at the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but still managed to walk away with a runner-up finish.
The XR1200 Series is as much chess match as it is motorcycle race. With the bikes too close in performance, if the riders aren't thinking two or three moves ahead, it becomes nearly impossible to move forward.
"I was thinking so much about making up time on other parts of the course, that I wasn't able to think about the things I wanted to do," Wyman said. "It's hard to multi-task that way."
Wyman, who qualified second, jumped out to an early lead but a few mistakes put him in more of a survival mindset than a strategic one.
"I got a really good start, then put my head down to see what I could do," Wyman said. "I was having some problems on some parts of the track. I had to spend effort to catch back up in other parts. Doing that took a lot of brainspace away from me to plan my moves and plan my attack."
He fell from first to third and spent much of the race chasing Tyler O'Hara and Michael Barnes. He got around Barnes late in the race, but didn't have enough laps left to catch O'Hara.
"I had a cooldown lap full of regrets," Wyman said. "I wish I would have made my moves earlier. I felt like I had the bike that could win today."
The XR1200 Series has an extended break before heading to Indianapolis on Aug. 17-19. Despite finishing the race behind the points leader O'Hara, Wyman actually gained ground and pulled even in the standings. The Top 10 riders in the XR1200 series have their points reset to 1,000 to set up a five-race dash for the championship.
"We're all back even now and going to start out fresh," Wyman said. "I'm really looking forward to Indy and representing the KLR Group and Spyke's Harley-Davidson.
"Resetting the points is going to change the whole complexion of the series, and I can't wait to get out there."
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